Janet Currie, NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Awardee 2019

Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton, NJ, United States. Currie’s research focuses on health and wellbeing, particularly of children. She addresses socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and mental health.

Children’s mental health is an area where new approaches to evaluating clinical practice are urgently needed. Worldwide 10 to 20 percent of children suffer from some form of mental disorder, which often have more harmful effects on children’s future education and employment prospects than common physical health problems. Hence, identifying the most effective treatments is critical. But there are an overwhelming number of treatments and psychotropic medications on the market that are not well tested in children, or that are not tested in children at all.

Janet Currie

The NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award is enabling Currie to investigate whether administrative big data can be used to identify those therapies that are most promising for children with diagnoses of mental disorders, as well as those therapies that pose the highest risk of harm. Currie’s research project, Harnessing Big Data to Improve Children’s Mental Health Treatment, will use big data generated by the health care systems of various countries to better understand children’s mental health, aiming to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of children with mental health conditions.

Janet Currie received a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1988. She co-directs Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Program on Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award for furthering the status of women in the economics profession, and honorary doctorates from the University of Zurich and the University of Lyon. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and the Econometric Society.

For more information about Janet Currie, please see her faculty profile.